Jean Reno

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Jean Reno
Jean Reno 2012.jpg
Jean Reno in 2012
BornJuan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez
(1948-07-30) 30 July 1948 (age 66)
Casablanca, Morocco
Years active1979–present
  • Genevieve Reno (m. 1977–95)
  • Nathalie Dyszkiewicz (m. 1996–2001)
  • Zofia Borucka (m. 2006)
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Jean Reno
Jean Reno 2012.jpg
Jean Reno in 2012
BornJuan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez
(1948-07-30) 30 July 1948 (age 66)
Casablanca, Morocco
Years active1979–present
  • Genevieve Reno (m. 1977–95)
  • Nathalie Dyszkiewicz (m. 1996–2001)
  • Zofia Borucka (m. 2006)

Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez[1] (born 30 July 1948), known as Jean Reno (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃ ʁeno]), is a French actor. Working in French, English, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian, he has appeared in numerous successful films such as Crimson Rivers, Godzilla, The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible, The Pink Panther, Ronin, Les visiteurs, The Big Blue, and Léon: The Professional.

Early life[edit]

Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez[2][3] in Casablanca, Morocco. He has a younger sister named María Teresa ("Maite"), and the children were raised Catholic.[4] Their Spanish parents were natives of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia, and had moved to North Africa to find work and escape the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Their father was a linotypist.[5] Their mother died when Juan was a teenager.[4] He learned Spanish from his parents, and Arabic and French growing up in Morocco.

At the age of seventeen, Juan Moreno moved to France, where he studied acting in the Cours Simon School of Drama.[6]

When Moreno moved to France he served in the French Army which was mandatory to gain his French citizenship.


After he started to get acting jobs in France,[7] Juan adopted the French version, Jean, of his name, and shortened his surname to Reno. Due to his large frame (1.91 m; 6 ft 3 in), Reno was called on to play "heavies" in his early career. He later appeared in romantic-comedies and action films. He began his film career in France, appearing in many films by director Luc Besson, including his early Le dernier combat (1985). The two have continued to work together, collaborating in films produced, written or directed by Besson. Of their joint work, those that have achieved the most critical and commercial success include: Nikita (1990), and the English-language films The Big Blue (1988) and Léon: The Professional (1994). Reno did the voice-over for Mufasa in the French-language version of The Lion King, a role originally performed in English by James Earl Jones in the American film.

Reno has starred in such high-profile American films as French Kiss (1995) with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, Mission: Impossible (1996) with Tom Cruise, Ronin (1998) with Robert De Niro, and Godzilla (1998). Reno turned down the role of Agent Smith in The Matrix. He also acted in French productions —e.g., Les Visiteurs (1993) (which was remade in English as Just Visiting in 2001); The Crimson Rivers (2000), and Jet Lag (Décalage horaire) by Danièle Thompson (2002), which was also a box-office success in France.

In 2006, Reno had a prominent role in the remake of The Pink Panther and its sequel, playing Gilbert Ponton, opposite Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau. He portrayed Captain Bezu Fache in the Ron Howard film The Da Vinci Code. Among his most successful films are Les Visiteurs and L'Enquète corse.

In other media, Reno was involved in the production of the third installment in the popular PlayStation 2 series Onimusha (Onimusha 3: Demon Siege), lending his likeness to the protagonist Jacques Blanc, as well as providing the voice for the character's French dialogue. In advertising work, Reno has appeared in American television commercials for UPS and portrayed Doraemon in a series of Toyota ads in Japan, as part of the "ReBorn" campaign.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Reno with his wife Zofia Borucka at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival

Reno first married Geneviève, with whom he has a daughter, Sandra (born 1978), and a son, Mickael (born 1980). Reno's second wife was Nathalie Dyszkiewicz, a Polish model, with whom he has a son, Tom (born 10 January 1996), and a daughter, Serena (born 28 June 1998).

On 29 July 2006, Reno married for the third time, to another Polish model and an actress Zofia Borucka, 35, at the city hall of Baux-de-Provence in southern France. Then presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy was his best man (Reno endorsed Sarkozy for the 2007 French presidential election).[9][10] Zofia and Reno welcomed their first son Cielo born in July 2009 in New York City. Their second son Dean was born in September 2011. Reno maintains homes in Paris, Malaysia, and Los Angeles.


1979The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting
1979WomanlightTraffic policeman
1980The Moroccan Stallion
1982La Passante du Sans-Souci
1983Signes extérieurs de richesseMarc Letellier
1983Le Dernier Combat
1985Le téléphone sonne toujours deux fois!!Marraine's confidence man
1985SubwayThe Drummer
1988Le Grand BleuEnzo Molinariaka The Big Blue
Nominated – César Award for Best Supporting Actor
1990L'Homme au masque d'orFather Victorio Gaetano
1990NikitaVictor, cleaner
1991Loulou GraffitiPique la Lune
1991L'Opération Corned-BeefCaptain Philippe Boulier
1992Porco RossoPorco RossoVoice acting for the French dub
1993La VisMonsieur K
1993ParanoïaShort Subject
1993Flight from JusticeCharlie BertTV
1993Les VisiteursGodefroy de Papincourt, Comte de MontmirailNominated – César Award for Best Actor
1994Léon: The ProfessionalLeone "Léon" MontanaNominated – César Award for Best Actor
1995Les TruffesPatrick
1995French KissInspector Jean-Paul Cardon
1995Al di là delle nuvoleCarlo
1996Mission: ImpossibleFranz Krieger
1996Le JaguarJean Campana
1997Roseanna's GraveMarcello
1997Un amour de sorcièreMolok
1997Les Soeurs SoleilUn spectateur
1998Les Visiteurs II: Les Couloirs du tempsComte Godefroy de Montmirail, dit Godefroy
1998GodzillaPhilippe Roaché
2000Les Rivières pourpresPierre Niemansaka Crimson Rivers
Nominated – European Film Award: Jameson People's Choice Award - Best European Actor
2001Just VisitingCount Thibault of Malfete
2001WasabiHubert Fiorentini
2002Décalage horaireFelix
2002RollerballAlexis Petrovich
2004Onimusha 3: Demon SiegeJacques Blanc (voice)Video game
2004Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the ApocalypseCommissaire Niemans
2004Hotel RwandaMr. TillensUncredited
2004L'Enquête CorseAnge Leoni
2005L'Empire des loupsJean-Louis Schifferaka Empire of the Wolves
2005The Tiger and the SnowFuad
2006The Pink PantherGilbert Ponton
2006FlyboysCaptain Thenault
2006The Da Vinci CodeCaptain Bezu Fache
2006Flushed AwayLe Frog (voice)
2008Ca$hMaxime - Dubreuil
2009The Pink Panther 2Gilbert Ponton
2009Le Premier CercleMilo Malakian
2009Couples RetreatMarcel
2010The Round UpDr. Sheinbaum
2010The PhilosopherBaggio
2010L'immortelCharly Matteïaka 22 Bullets
2011On ne choisit pas sa famille (film)You Don't Choose Your Family
2012Alex CrossGiles Mercier
2012The ChefAlexandre Lagarde
2012Le Jour des CorneillesLe père Courge
2013JoJoseph "Jo" St-ClairTV series (8 Episodes)
2013Days and NightsLouis
2014Avis de mistralPaul
2014Hector and the Search for HappinessDiego
2014Benoît Brisefer: Les taxis rougesPoilonez
2015La Terreur: Les Visiteurs IIIComte Godefroy de Montmirail
2015The Way of the EagleDanzerFilming


  1. ^ Biography for Jean Reno - IMDb
  2. ^ "Jean Reno - scheda attore". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ "France Guide - Famous French people of recent foreign descent". Eupedia. 1994-04-19. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  4. ^ a b "Jean Reno cracks the `Code', Business solutions from". 2006-05-10. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  5. ^ Jamieson, Teddy (2010-08-30). "Jean Reno on 22 Bullets". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  6. ^ "Jean Reno Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
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  8. ^ "Film star Jean Reno's live-action Doraemon ad streamed", Anime News Network, 18 November 2011
  9. ^ [1], Ad Week[dead link]
  10. ^ "Les acteurs qui soutiennent des candidats : Jean Reno - Nicolas Sarkozy". 2007. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 

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